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Archbishop’s Park: police probe ‘attempted abduction’ of girl, 13

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Police in Lambeth are appealing for witnesses and information following two incidents that are being treated as attempted abductions.

The first incident was on Tuesday 21 March between about 7.50am and 8am when the alleged suspect approached the 11-year-old victim whilst she was waiting for a bus near the Crown and Sceptre pub in Streatham Hill.

The victim declined and eventually left the area after boarding a bus. The alleged suspect had remained in the area until that point and then left on foot.

The second incident was on Wednesday 22 March at around 8am when the alleged suspect approached a 13-year-old girl near the entrance of Archbishop's Park in Lambeth Road.

This time it is alleged the suspect took hold of the victim's hand and began to drag her towards the park.

It is believed that a passing dog walker shouted at the suspect and the victim was able to escape his grasp and run home.

Detectives from Lambeth CID are investigating and are keeping an open mind as to whether the two incidents are linked.

The suspect in the first incident has been described as white, approximately 5ft 10ins tall with a medium build and short blond hair. He was described as wearing a black bomber-style jacket, blue jeans, and black lace up leather shoes described as 'smart looking'.

The suspect in the second incident is also described as white, approximately 35 to 40 years old. He was described as wearing black thick frame square glasses, a black baseball cap, black jacket and black trousers.

Detective Inspector Ian Kenward, from Lambeth CID, said: "These are two very worrying incidents and we appeal to anyone who was in or around the areas at the time they occurred to contact police. Any piece of information may prove valuable to the investigation."

Any witnesses or anyone with any information are urged to contact Lambeth CID on 020 8649 2134.

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